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Film Review: Palm Beach

Director:    Rachel Ward Cast:    Bryan Brown, Richard E. Grant, Aaron Jeffery, Jacqueline McKenzie, Heather Mitchell, Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi, Claire van der Boom, Charlie Vickers, Matilda Brown, Frances Berry Rating:    M Running Time:    98 Australian Distributor:      Universal Pictures Australia   Rachel Ward’s gentle film about three late-middle age couples coming together for a weekend of wine, catch-ups and nostalgia is the perfect promotion for the Northern Beaches of Sydney, with its lingering shots of crystal clear water and luxuriously appointed homes. The beachside villa inRead More


Film Review: An Unexpected Love

Director:    Juan Vera Cast:    Ricardo Darín, Mercedes Moran, Claudia Fontán, Luis Rubio, Andrea Pietra, Jean Pierre Noher, Claudia Lapaco, Chico Novarro, Gabriel Corrado, Norman Briski, Andrea Politti Rating:    M Running Time:    135 Australian Distributor:    Palace Films   Juan Vera’s drama is a sweet, rich look into the deconstruction of a relationship and reconstruction of the two lives involved; it’s balanced, humane, filled with lovely, insightful dialogue about the nature of love relations.    Marcos and Ana are a couple that have been married for 25Read More


Film Review: Claire Darling

Director:    Julie Bertuccelli Cast:    Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Alice Taglioni, Laure Calamy, Samir Guesmi, Olivier Rabourdin, Johan Leysen, Colomba Giovanni, Simon Thomas, Mona Goinard, Joseph Flammer, Lewine Weber-Monfort, Amine Mejri, Julien Chavrial Rating:    M Running Time:    94 Australian Distributor:    Palace Films   Julie Bertuccelli’s Claire Darling is an intriguing and poignant story based on a best-selling book by Texan author Lynda Rutledge. It looks at the relationship between a mother and her daughter and the significance of possessions that hold memories of life’s experiences. The furniture andRead More


Film Review: Top End Wedding

Director:    Wayne Blair Cast:    Miranda Tapsell, Gwilym Lee, Huw Higginson, Ursula Yovich, Shari Sebbens, Kerry Fox, Travis Jeffery, Elaine Crombie, Matt Crook, Atmiya Patel, Taylor Wiese, Dalara Williams, Tracy Mann Rating:    M Running Time:    103 Australian Distributor:    Universal Pictures   ‘Top End Wedding’ stars Miranda Tapsell (‘The Sapphires’, TV’s ‘Love Child’) and Gwilym Lee (‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘The Tourist’) who get engaged, and when given 10 days off work, pack their bags to make a quick trip back home to the Northern Territory to have the wedding of her dreams.Read More


Film Review: Celeste

Director:    Ben Hackworth Cast:    Radha Mitchell, Thomas Cocquerel, Nadine Garner, Odessa Young, Emm Wiseman Rating:    M Running Time:    105 Australian Distributor:     Curious Films   Directed by Brisbane-born director Ben Hackworth, the film follows Celeste (Radha Mitchell), a famed forty-something opera singer, as she prepares to make a comeback after a decade out of the limelight. Having pushed everyone away after the death of her husband ten years ago, Celeste uses the occasion to attempt reconciliation with her estranged step-son Jack (Thomas Cocquerel). While Jack hasRead More


Film Review: Nothing To Do

Director:    Mike Kravinsky Cast:    Connie Bowman, Mike Kravinsky, Patricia Talmadge, Paul Fahrenkopf, Philip Lawton, Maggie Robertson, Bob Hurley, Stacy Lattisaw Rating:    NR Running Time:    81 Australian Distributor:     Nextnik Films   Family bonds are bonds that can’t be broken no matter how strained they may have become. “Nothing To Do” is a move that attempts to explain the relationships family members have together. The film answers these questions and more in what is an incredibly personal tale based on the real-life experiences of director Mike Kravinksy.    Kenny (Mike’s character) is a disc jockey andRead More


Film Review: Let The Sunshine In

Director:    Claire Denis Cast:    Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Laurent Grévill, Alex Descas, Bruno Podalydès, Gerard Depardieu, Paul Blain, Josiane Balasko, Philippe Katerine Rating:    MA Running Time:    94 Australian Distributor:     Madman Films   Juliette Binoche is Isabelle, an artist in Paris, divorced and looking for, well … something. She’s not finding it with the overly picky banker, or the enigmatic actor, or her ex-husband, either. She’s unsettled, and the thigh-high black boots she wears can only take her so far. There’s sparks of hope, but mostlyRead More


Film Review: West Of Sunshine

Director:    Jason Raftopoulos Cast:    Damian Hill, Ty Perham, Arthur Angel, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Kaarin Fairfax, Kat Stewart, Faye Smythe, Eliza D’Souza Rating:    M Running Time:    78 Australian Distributor:     Uncork’d Entertainment   Jason Raftopoulos’s feature debut first screened at the Venice Film Festival in 2017. Jim (Damian Hill) is crippled by gambling debts, and is in debt to a loan shark (Tony Nikolakopoulos) for $15,000. His financial plan is to pick the next winner at the racetrack. However, as it comes down to crunch time, Jim has to look after his sonRead More


Film Review: Aquaman

Director:    James Wan Cast:    Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Temuera Morrison Rating:    M Running Time:    143 Australian Distributor:     Roadshow Films   It’s fair to say the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has not exactly gone to plan. Bar last year’s Wonder Woman, the other films have left a lot to be desired.   With the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame racking up 289 million views in 24 hours, the DCEU was in need of a hero. And fast.  Step forward, Jason Momoa. Or, toRead More


Film Review: Colette

Director:    Wash Westmoreland Cast:    Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Eleanor Tomlinson, Robert Pugh, Ray Panthaki, Aiysha Hart, Shannon Tarbet, Rebecca Root Rating:    M Running Time:    111 Australian Distributor:     Transmission Films   Keira Knightley has polarised audiences over time with her sometimes ditsy performances, often in attractive, young female roles. Colette puts to rest any prejudices there may have been against her. The real life tale of how Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Knightley), the prodigiously talented writer, who through both naivety and loyalty agrees to publish the now famous Colette of Paris under the byline of husband Willy, comes to theRead More